BRIDGING OLD SCHOOL SOUL WITH NEW SCHOOL CREATIVITY, musician Johnny Graham blends jazz, R&B, hip-hop and rock into an eclectic musical mix. The 24-year-old Baltimore native is a gifted trumpet and flugelhorn player, performing alongside his band, “The Groove,” which includes some of the most talented young musicians in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas.
Over the last three years, Graham has performed at more than 100 venues along the East Coast, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2011), the National Black Family Reunion on the National Mall (2010), the Lyric Opera House (2008) and more than 20 colleges. Graham’s show at the Kennedy Center was said to be one of the venue’s most packed shows for a rising artist in its history. In that he has recorded two original albums “Coming of Age” (2010) and “The Inspiration” (2012). His music has been featured and received rave reviews in the Baltimore Sun, NBC Washington, Bossip.com and many other popular traditional and nontraditional media. Graham has also gained exposure opening for artists like Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, Doug E. Fresh, Freeway, Mystikal and Raheem DeVaughn.
In addition to his musical accomplishments, Graham also has achieved in the educational and entrepreneurial arenas. He graduated with a degreein Finance from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2009. A year later, he returned to his alma mater to pursue his Master’s in Business Administration. After graduating with his MBA in 2012, Graham was accepted to the prestigious PhD program at Temple University where he is currently studying and researching in the field of business. Graham not only values education for himself, but also for the youth in his community. He spends time speaking to and mentoring students in the Baltimore City Public School System from which he matriculated.